or as the sheep says...., "It's deja vu all over again!" But first, a prayer:
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Collect for the Third Sunday of Easter
We have a wealth of riches this week, preaching friends, and whether you want to make something of it or not, the number three occurs more than once in the texts assigned for this third Sunday of Easter.
Our reading from the Acts of the Apostles chronicles that critical story of Saul/Paul's conversion experience on the road to Damascus. I love how it begins, "Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples..." That should get everyone's attention. After having a vision and being struck blind, Saul is visited by Ananias after three days, regains his sight and almost immediately begins to preach, proclaiming Jesus as Lord.
And then we have what may be my favorite post resurrection story. Peter (Peter the Denyer, anyone?), ever the one to be slow to catch on, is on the beach with some of the disciples when the resurrected Jesus joins them, his third post-resurrection visit. Seeing that they have no fish, he directs them where to cast the net, and when it is full to overflowing and they head back to shore, the Beloved Disciple finally recognizes Jesus. After they eat, perhaps giving Peter an opportunity to make up for his three denials, Jesus asks Peter three times, "Peter, do you love me?" and follows up with "...then feed my sheep."
Where are you headed this third week of Easter? Are you joining Saul on the road to Damascus, or having breakfast on the beach with Jesus and Peter? Perhaps you are proclaiming glory to the lamb, or maybe you are off lectionary and headed in a whole other direction. If you know where you are being called, or if you are still listening for the scripture to speak to you, join in the discussion!
Readings may be found here or here.